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Where is Porsche at home? In the hearts of sports car drivers. And, of course, on the road. This is where life happens for purists. Those who are looking for sheer, unadulterated driving pleasure. People who not only want to experience sporting spirit, but also wish to demonstrate it themselves.Closer contact with the road is something we’ve always aspired to. Our philosophy of Intelligent Performance takes us even nearer to this goal.
2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS - Exterior Design
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is equipped as standard with the SportDesign package. The athletic lower front and rear fascia elements, dynamic side skirts, wheel arch extensions and rear spoiler with fixed bi-plane design are all finished in exterior color. All components have been optimized in the Porsche wind tunnel to improve their efficiency and further enhance the vehicle’s purposeful stance.
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is available in two exclusive special colors: Carmine Red or Peridot Metallic. A range of other colors is naturally available on request. For contrast, the side window surrounds have a black high-gloss finish. Other features include the Bi-Xenon(TM) main headlights with black surround and the tinted LED taillights.
Sport exhaust system
The standard sport exhaust system delivers an even more distinctive sound. For the looks to match, it features twin tailpipes with matte black finish.
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS features Bi-Xenon(TM) main headlights with black surround and Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). The dynamic cornering light function swivels the main headlights towards the inside of a corner based on the current steering angle and road speed, while the static cornering lights activate the auxiliary headlights in order to illuminate more of the road in tight corners and turns. PDLS also features speed-sensitive headlight control and an adverse weather function, which is activated in conjunction with the rear foglights. The result: even greater safety, not just at night and during cornering. LED technology is used for all functions of the dark-tinted tail lights. For an ultra-fast response and greater luminance.
2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS – Drive
Naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine
The uprated, naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine delivers 420 hp at 6,500 rpm. Maximum torque of 380 lb.-ft. is available at 3,500 rpm. The benchmark sprint from 0 to 60 mph is completed in just 5.4 seconds. Top track speed comes in at 162 mph.
The engine power of the 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is 20 hp higher and boasts an added 11 lb-ft. of torque compared to the Cayenne S. A shorter drive ratio further enhances the car’s agility.
Eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission
Drive is transmitted to the road with smoothness and precision by the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Depending on road conditions and driving style, it automatically selects the correct driving mode. You can change gear using two gearshift paddles on the standard SportDesign steering wheel. One pull on the right-hand paddle and Tiptronic S shifts up. One pull on the lefthand paddle and Tiptronic S shifts down.
Sport Chrono Package
The optional Sport Chrono Package* includes an analog and digital timer located at the center of the dashboard. The performance display in Porsche Communication Management (PCM) informs you about the total driving time, lap distance covered so far, the number of laps completed and individual lap times.
* Only in conjunction with Porsche Communication Management (PCM).
2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS – Chassis
Reduction in ride height
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is equipped with Air Suspension that sits 20mm lower as standard. This allows for a lower center of gravity and even closer contact with the road.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
The standard PASM is an electronic damping adjustment system that actively and continuously regulates the damping force depending on the current road conditions and driving style. During performance driving with heavy acceleration and braking phases, there is a natural increase in body and suspension movement. PASM intervenes to reduce this effect. It has three driver-selectable modes whose basic setup is performance-oriented to match the capability of the Porsche Cayenne GTS: ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’. Sensors monitor the movement of the body and also gather data on lateral acceleration, steering angle, brake pressure and engine torque. Based on the driving conditions, the system continuously varies the individual damping forces within the parameters defined for the selected mode. PASM remains active at all times. It automatically adapts to the prevailing driving situation, enabling greater car control and improving comfort and safety.
20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels
As standard, the 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is fitted with 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels. These one-part alloy wheels feature a race-inspired look.
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS is fitted as standard with six-piston monobloc aluminum fixed calipers at the front and four-piston equivalents at the rear. It has internally vented discs all round, helping to ensure consistent brake performance during heavy use. The discs have a diameter of 360 mm at the front and 330 mm at the rear and the calipers feature a red paint finish. Available as an option, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) offers race-proven brake performance.
2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS – Interior
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne GTS sports seats with 8-way adjustment are highly dynamic thanks to their low positioning. With adjustable fore/aft, height and cushion/backrest angle settings, they also offer exceptional comfort and support – even during performance driving.
It holds true to a rich racing heritage. All the door panels, armrests, seat centers and rooflining are finished in Alcantara(R) as standard. Used extensively in race car driving.
GTS interior packages
The optional GTS interior packages* in Carmine Red or Peridot give you the opportunity to add stunning highlights to the inside of your car. These include an embroidered ‘GTS’ logo on the head restraints on the front and outer rear seats. There’s also a choice of further elements such as front and outer rear seat belts and decorative seams on the dashboard, upper door panels and armrests in contrasting color.
* Only in conjunction with Black leather interior and GTS sports seats.
- Nardo Ring
- High-speed tests
Porsche is apparently taking on a management role here, as they say they are going to optimize the track and the facilities around it, to offer a better service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide.
The company’s engineering consultancy wing, the Porsche Engineering Group, will assume ownership as of May 2012. Nardo is currently owned by Italian firm Prototipo SpA.
Nardo Ring does need some optimizing, as the high speed track is not what you call smooth and clear. And who better to do this job than the Germans. The Lecce-based compound comprises a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long oval circuit and facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.
“The Nardo Ring proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardò as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG.
Why has Porsche shelled out for Nardo?
Most well-known for its 12.5km banked oval circuit used for very high-speed testing of well over 200mph, the Nardo complex also comprises a 6.2 km handling circuit.
This offers car manufacturers the chance to simulate a range of weather conditions and road surfaces before vehicles are signed off for general sale. It’s also handily hidden from prying eyes and considered one of the safer proving grounds for top-secret prototypes.
And because of the clement Italian climate, testing is possible year-round in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.
So what’s Porsche’s plan for Nardo?
All these features should be perfect for testing Porsche’s diverse range to its limits, from the rough-and-tumble Porsche Cayenne to the upcoming Porsche 918 hybrid supercar. The company recently ran a series of passenger rides for the world’s media in the 918 at the 700-hectare Nardo site.
The Nardo Ring, is a high speed test track located at more than 20 kilometres (12 mi) north-west of the town of Nardo, Italy, in the southern region of Apulia, in the province of Lecce.
The Nardo Ring is 12.5 kilometres (7.8 mi) long and is round, has four lanes for cars and motorcycles totaling 16 metres (52 ft) in width and has a separate inner ring for trucks at a width of 9 metres (30 ft). In the cars/motorcycle ring the lanes are banked at such a degree that a driver in the outer most lane need not turn the wheel while driving at speeds of up to 240 km/h (149 mph). In essence, at the so called neutral speed which is different for the four lanes, one can drive as if in a straight lane. However extremely fast cars still require the steering wheel to be turned when going faster than the maximum neutral speed. For example the Koenigsegg CCR which set a speed record for a production car at the Nardo Ring did so with the steering wheel at a 30° angle. This speed record has since been beaten by the Bugatti Veyron at Volkswagen Group’s private Ehra-Lessien straight line test track in Germany, and hence the CCR only holds the speed record for the Nardo Ring. In the process of fighting a turn as needed when going faster than the neutral speed quite a bit of potential top speed is lost and hence a fast car will go faster in a straight line than what is possible on the Nardo Ring. Even at the neutral speed in a banked turn a car runs a bit heavier than it would in a straight line, since the downforce created by the banking increases the rolling resistance on the tires. There has only been one fatality at the ring.
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Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is mourning
Professor Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander). The Honorary President of the Supervisory Board died on 5 April 2012 in Salzburg, aged 76. Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander). As the creator of the Porsche 911 design, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”
Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander) (11 December 1935 – 5 April 2012), nicknamed “Butzi”, son of Ferry Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, was a German designer whose best known product was the first Porsche 911 design
Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander) was born in Stuttgart on 11 December 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. Even his childhood was shaped by cars, and he spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche. In 1943 the family accompanied the Porsche company’s move to Austria, where he went to school in Zell am See. After returning to Stuttgart in 1950, he attended the private Waldorf school. After leaving school, he enrolled at the prestigious Ulm School of Design.
In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG. He soon proved his great talent for design by sculpting the first model of a
successor to the 356 model line out of plasticine. In 1962 he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furore one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh Porsche 911 generation. However, in addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever.
In the course of the conversion of Porsche KG into a joint-stock corporation in 1971/72, Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander), along with all the other family members, stood down from the company’s front-line business operations. In 1972 he founded the “Porsche Design Studio” in Stuttgart, the head office of which was relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. In the decades that followed, he designed numerous classic gentlemen’s accessories such as watches, spectacles and writing implements that achieved global recognition under the “Porsche Design” brand. In parallel, with his team, he designed a plethora of industrial products, household appliances and consumer durables for internationally renowned clients under the brand “Design by F.A. Porsche”. A strong and clear design concept typifies all product designs created in his design studio to date. The credo of his design work was: “Design must be functio
nal and functionality has to be translated visually into aesthetics, without gags that have to be explained first.” F.A. Porsche: “A coherently designed product requires no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone.” The design’s appearance should be readily comprehensible and not detract from the product and its function. His conviction was: “Good design should be honest.”
Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander) received numerous honours and awards both for his work as a designer as well as for individual designs. For example, in 1968 the “Comité Internationale de Promotion et de Prestige” honoured him for the outstanding aesthetic design of the Porsche 911 while the Industrial Forum Design Hannover (iF) voted him “Prizewinner of the Year” in 1992. In 1999, the President of Austria bestowed on him the title of Professor.
Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander) retained a close lifelong association with Porsche AG as a partner and member of the Supervisory Board. For example, even after stepping down from front-line business operations, he contributed to the design of Porsche’s sports cars over many decades and repeatedly steered the company in the right direction. This was especially the case for the difficult period Porsche experienced at the beginning of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1993, F.A. Porsche served as President of the company’s Supervisory Board, thus playing a major role in Porsche A.G’s economic turnaround. In 2005, he stood down from his Supervisory Board role in favour of his son Oliver and assumed the mantle of Honorary President of the Supervisory Board.
Ferdinand Porsche (Alexander) will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held in Stuttgart at a later date.
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